Elizabeth Debicki to receive Max Mara Face of the Future Award

Actress Elizabeth Debicki is set to receive the Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award.The Australian actress has been selected as the 14th recipient of the annual award which is conferred to a rising star to acknowledge her social contributio…

Actress Elizabeth Debicki is set to receive the Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award.

The Australian actress has been selected as the 14th recipient of the annual award which is conferred to a rising star to acknowledge her social contributions, outstanding performing skills, style and grace. Past recipients include Alexandra Shipp, Zoey Deutch, Natalie Dormer, Kate Mara, and Emily Blunt.

Founded in 1973, Women in Film is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women and encouraging creative projects by women in the screen industries.

The news comes as the statuesque Widows actress, who was awarded an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for her role in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby in 2013, is expected to attend Max Mara’s Milan Fashion Week show on Thursday (21Feb19).

The 28-year-old, who counts Cate Blanchett as a mentor, recently told London’s ES magazine that she had a simple make-up trick to get around the British capital incognito.

“If I put a bit of lippy on before I jumped on the Tube, I would get (recognised by) maybe one or two people,” she said. “But if I look like death warmed up on my way to rehearsal or something, nobody would blink. So basically: just don’t wear lipstick. Which I don’t.”

Steve McQueen, who directed her in 2018 film Widows, sung her praises in a profile of the star for Vogue Australia in October.

“The sky is the limit with Elizabeth as far as where her career could go; she’s just exceptionally talented and she has the power to go wherever her character needs, and I’m not saying this lightly,” he said. “How, why, I don’t know, but some people have it and other people don’t and she’s got it.”

Elizabeth, who has starred in films including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as well as the Emmy-nominated TV miniseries The Night Manager, will be honoured on 12 June (19) at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, which will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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Kenzo’s Humberto Leon writes and produces first film

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a fam…

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.

The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a family of teenagers with unusual powers that bring them together”.

Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich stars as the matriarch, with Sasha Frolova and X-Men: Apocalypse stars Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee featuring as a group of young characters.

Regina Hall, Jay Ellis, Zsela Thompson and Leo Reilly also make up the cast, and filmmaker Spike Jonze has a cameo.

Kenzo’s fall 18 collection features throughout the 27-minute film, and the luxury label’s La Collection Memento No. 3 is also on display.

Leon and Lim, who are also behind U.S. retailer Opening Ceremony, frequently collaborate with writers and directors when it comes to Kenzo campaigns.

They previously teamed with Oscar winner Jonze on My Mutant Brain, an advert for the Kenzo World perfume, which starred The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley.

“We all have known each other for such a long time. It’s one of our favourite things when we get to work with people we know and admire so well,” the designers previously told Buro24/7 of working with Jonze and Kenzo World’s bottle designer, Patrick Li. “Both of them are geniuses in their respective fields and we were lucky that they were free to work on this project with us.”

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Alexandra Shipp: ‘It’s about time women of colour are recognised’

Alexandra Shipp is hoping that in the wake of the #MeToo movement, more women will be there to support each other.Earlier this month (Jun18) the X-Men: Apocalypse actress picked up the Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award at the Women In Fil…

Alexandra Shipp is hoping that in the wake of the #MeToo movement, more women will be there to support each other.

Earlier this month (Jun18) the X-Men: Apocalypse actress picked up the Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award at the Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards, marking the first time an African-American star has won the honour.

“It’s about darn time in this day and age that there’s more and more representation, especially of women of colour. And also it’s this idea that women are supporting women. I want to continue that,” she smiled to The Hollywood Reporter. “Women can help cultivate the next generation of women just through conversation.

“I hope that this next generation, especially with the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up movement, is able to protect each other. I think what we’ve seen at least in the last couple of months is how strong we are together when we’re united.”

The movements came about in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations that swept through Hollywood late last year following an expose on disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

And when it comes to the next generation of Hollywood stars, 26-year-old Alexandra says she wants there to be a “domino effect”.

“I want everyone to be supporting everyone,” she added. “No competition. We’re not each others’ competition. We’re on the same team. Men are always supporting men. Women should start being together, and I think that’s what we’ll see with this next generation. But we’re also seeing it now, and how beautiful is that?”

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Brie Larson advocates for more diverse critics at film events

Brie Larson has called on film festival officials to invite a diverse range of critics to events.The Room actress made a plea for more inclusivity in movie criticism as she collected the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the Women in Film Crystal…

Brie Larson has called on film festival officials to invite a diverse range of critics to events.

The Room actress made a plea for more inclusivity in movie criticism as she collected the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards held in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (13Jun18).

During her speech, Brie cited research the University of Southern California (USC) released earlier this week which reported that film critics are “overwhelmingly” white and male.

“I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about A Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him! I want to know what it meant to women of colour, biracial women, to teen women of colour,” she said, according to USA Today. “Am I saying I hate white dudes? No, I am not. What I am saying is if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of colour, there is an insanely low chance a woman of colour will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie.”

Researchers from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative studied reviews of the 100 top-grossing films of 2017 that were posted on the aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Of the over 19,500 reviews shared, 77.8 per cent were by male critics and 22.2 per cent were by female critics. In addition, female critics from minority groups accounted for just 4.1 per cent of reviews.

“It really sucks that reviews matter – but reviews matter. Good reviews out of festivals give small, independent films a fighting chance to be bought and seen. Good reviews help films gross money, good reviews slingshot films into awards contenders,” the star said, going on to reference her 2015 independent drama Room, for which she won her Academy Award. “A good review can change your life. It changed mine.”

During her speech, Brie also announced that both the Sundance and Toronto film festivals will now allocate 20 per cent of press credentials to underrepresented journalists.

Frances McDormand, a proponent of the inclusion rider concept, acted as a presenter, while others honoured at the event included the female cast of Marvel superhero movie Black Panther, actress Alexandra Shipp, ABC president Channing Dungey as well as Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney, the Grammy Award-winning songwriting and production team behind Nova Wav.

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Vegan actress Alexandra Shipp uses plant-based beauty items for a natural glow

Actress Alexandra Shipp taps into Mother Nature to glam up in a bid to stay true to her vegan diet.The X-Men: Apocalypse star doesn’t eat animal products and also makes sure her beauty routine is cruelty free and vegetarian too.”I think about makeup an…

Actress Alexandra Shipp taps into Mother Nature to glam up in a bid to stay true to her vegan diet.

The X-Men: Apocalypse star doesn’t eat animal products and also makes sure her beauty routine is cruelty free and vegetarian too.

“I think about makeup and skincare products that enhance your natural beauty rather than cover it up,” she tells The Cut. “I’m obsessed with a few beauty products right now, like Skin Jelly by Hapbee – it’s a plant-based jelly that is super hydrating. It’s great to make your lid a little glossy, but I pile it on at night to really even out my skin tone.”

The gorgeous 26 year old also relies on her vegan diet to cope with her pimple problems.

“Acne is my thumbprint,” she explains. “It’s 100 per cent me. It’s my genetic code. I have too much testosterone and that in turn creates cystic acne. When you fall prey to it, you have to know about it. With cystic acne, you can feel good and then wake up looking like you had spider bites across your face.

“To counteract the testosterone, I try to eat things with a lot of estrogen. I eat soy. I’m vegan so that balances it too. We are what we eat. I had to figure that out.”

Admitting stints in the makeup chair can sometimes be painful, due to her cystic acne breakouts, Alexandra has come up with style alternatives that allow her to stay away from cosmetics.

“I have really bad cystic acne so I get hyperpigmentation from acne scars,” she shares. “With cystic, it’s under your skin, and changes the texture and colour without ever coming to the surface. I have naturally oily skin – I don’t really need highlighter, let’s put it that way. I’m catching the sun whether I want to or not.”

“If I’m having a really good skin day, I’ll allow my skin to show through,” Alexandra continues. “If I’m not, I’ll do my hair cute. It’s all about tricking the eye. When you aren’t feeling your best face, it’s nice to put on a nice outfit and curl your hair. It’s like, my face might be red and puffy right now, but at least I’m killing it in all these other places.”

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Brie Larson to be honoured at Crystal + Lucy Awards

Actress Brie Larson will be honoured at the 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards. The Room star will be saluted with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the annual Women in Film event, where she will be joined by X-Men: Apocalypse’s Alexandra Shipp, who…

Actress Brie Larson will be honoured at the 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards.

The Room star will be saluted with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the annual Women in Film event, where she will be joined by X-Men: Apocalypse’s Alexandra Shipp, who will be named Max Mara’s Face of the Future, following in the footsteps of 2017 honouree, actress Zoey Deutch.

Grammy-winning music duo Nova Wav will receive the Crystal Award for Artistic Excellence, and ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey will be feted with the Lucy Award for TV.

This year, the Crystal + Lucy Awards, which celebrate women who excel in their chosen fields, will also include a segment recognising leading voices in Hollywood’s movement for gender equality and pay parity, presented by veteran actress and 2018 Oscar winner Frances McDormand, reports Variety.com.

“Throughout its history, Women in Film has focused its efforts on the kind of gender advocacy that is now sweeping through the screen industries like a tidal wave,” Cathy Schulman, president of Women in Film, Los Angeles, shares in a statement.

“The theme of this year’s Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala is ‘Ignited’, referencing the tipping point we’re living in and Women in Film’s responsibility as a thought leader to keep the flame burning for a sustainable future – freed from the constraints of gender bias.”

The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards will take place on 13 June (18) at the Beverly Hilton in California.

Actresses Elizabeth Banks and Tracee Ellis Ross were among those to receive prizes at last year’s event.

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Evan Rachel Wood transforming into ‘cowgirl robot’ on the red carpet

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has adopted a new “cowgirl robot” style thanks to her role in hit sci-fi series Westworld.The beauty portrays android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO network’s futuristic Western show and the 19th century American West styles she …

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has adopted a new “cowgirl robot” style thanks to her role in hit sci-fi series Westworld.

The beauty portrays android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO network’s futuristic Western show and the 19th century American West styles she sports in character have now bled into her real-life wardrobe.

“I’ve embraced my inner mountain woman since Westworld,” she laughs in a joint interview for InStyle with fellow actress Alexandra Shipp. “Cowboy boots, boot-cut jeans, flannels… My look is a lot more rugged because I’ve been spending so much time outdoors in crazy locations. I’m evolving into some kind of a cowgirl robot.”

And Shipp, who plays mutant Storm in the X-Men movie franchise, admits her roles also rub off on her outfit choices: “During X-Men, I got really into Storm’s shoulder pads,” she giggles.

Evan’s style departure into a “cowgirl robot” is distinctly different from her 2017 fashion goal, which was to wear a three-piece suit at every red carpet event.

“Last year was fun; I wore only suits,” she explains. “The challenge was to keep reinventing that. My favourite was the (designer Joseph) Altuzarra (outfit) at the Golden Globes, which paid homage to Marlene Dietrich.”

“The more you feel like a bada**, the more you look like one,” Evan explains of her ongoing suit obsession. “I still love dresses, but it’s really hard to go back after you’ve worn suits. I don’t know if I will. Even when I’m shopping at (U.S. discount retailer) Target, I make the leap over to the men’s section. You realise quickly that they have better stuff.”

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